Night Diver Specialty

Course pre-requisites

To start this specialty you'll need to

• be at least 14 years old

• hold the PADI Open Water Diver qualification, or have a qualifying certification from another training organisation

• have dived within the last six months and feel confident in your assembly and use of SCUBA equipment, along with reasonable buoyancy control. If in any doubt then please contact us, but we can offer you the PADI Reactivate program to prepare you for the training dives

• have a medical statement completed and signed by your doctor (download here)

• agree to our course terms and conditions (download here)


PADI Night Diver Specialty

from €238

Course Description

Diving at night brings you new experiences and challenges; from the excitement you feel when you slip under the surface and descend into the darkness, to the correct procedures for communicating with your buddies, and not forgetting all of the aquatic life that only ventures out in the darkness. The PADI Night Diver Specialty requires three dives over two nights, and combined with the PADI Night Diver manual, provides you with the knowledge and skills to get the most enjoyment from your night diving.

Course Content

The PADI Night Diver Specialty course includes everything you´ll need. We´ll supply you with –

• Full equipment for diving including wetsuit, BCD, regulator set, air/EANx dive computer, cylinders, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and weight system
• Primary dive torch with backup dive torch.
• PADI Night Diver manual
• Certification upon successful completion

And remember that on all of our courses there will never be more than four students per course!

You can book this course from €238 or alternatively enjoy a fully inclusive diving holiday from just €334 (2 people sharing)

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Night Diver Specialty Course

The PADI Night Diver specialty comes with an informative and easy to understand manual. Within this manual you´ll get to look at

Night Diving Course• Why Dive at Night
• Nocturnal Aquatic Life
• Night Diving Equipment
• Underwater Light Systems
• Dive Light Maintenance
• Lights for Navigation and Orientation
• Planning Night Dives
• Special Night Diving Situations
• Night Diving Techniques
• Night Diving Navigation

Included within the manual are two Knowledge Development sections that you´ll need to complete, and are designed to help you better understand and retain the information.

With the knowledge development completed it´s time to gear up and head into the water. There are three dives to complete, so let´s take a look at each dive we´ll be doing.

Dive One – depth 9-16 mtrs

Night Diving CourseAs this will be your first night dive we´ll keep the skills easy, and focus on enjoying our nocturnal surroundings, although we will introduce a small navigation exercise, very similar to the one carried out in  your ´Open Water Diver´ course.

When we´re ready to go, we´ll perform our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills -

• Execute a descent using a line or sloping bottom as a reference
• Demonstrate how to communicate with hand signals and dive lights while night diving
• Demonstrate the proper use of a personal dive light, submersible pressure gauge, compass, timing device and depth gauge at night
• Navigate to a predetermined location using a compass/natural features and return to within 8 metres/25 feet of the starting point, surfacing for orientation only if necessary
• Demonstrate proper buddy procedures by maintaining buddy contact throughout the night dive
• Perform an ascent using a line or sloping bottom as a reference

Dive Two – depth 9-14 mtrs

Night Diving CourseOn this dive we´re going to extend your navigation skills and get you to navigate out to, and back from, a designated area underwater, simulating the procedures and skills needed for you to carry out your own night diving.

So after changing our cylinders, and allowing for a surface interval, we´ll kit back up, carry out our pre-dive safety check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water to complete these skills -

• Execute a descent using a line or sloping bottom as a reference
• Demonstrate how to communicate with hand signals and dive lights while night diving
• Demonstrate the proper use of a dive light, submersible pressure gauge, compass, timing device and depth gauge at night
• Using a compass for navigation, return to the shore or boat underwater with at least 35 bar/500 psi remaining in your scuba tank.
• Identify nocturnal aquatic life discussed during the academic portion of the course
• Demonstrate proper buddy procedures by maintaining buddy contact throughout the night dive.

Dive Three – depth 9-18 mtrs

Night Diving CourseThe final dive of the course! Bringing together the skills and experiences from the previous two dives we´re going to get you to plan and execute your very own night dive (of course an instructor will be with you but this time just for fun!). Within this dive you´re going to experience the loss of your dive lights, and hopefully get chance to see bio luminescence first hand. With our equipment on we will complete our safety pre-dive check, confirm our dive plan, and then enter the water for your own night dive! We´ll complete these skills -

• Execute a “free descent” using the line or sloping bottom as a visual guide only
• Demonstrate how to communicate with hand signals and dive lights while night diving
• Demonstrate the proper use of a personal dive light, submersible pressure gauge, compass, timing device and depth gauge at night.
• Remain in a stationary position for three minutes, on the bottom, with no dive lights on
• Demonstrate proper buddy procedures by maintaining buddy contact throughout the night dive


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What other courses can you link in, and achieve greater enjoyment and safety under the water? With the greater dependence on the torch for finding your way around underwater it is easier to become disorientated. The use of a compass, along with natural navigation, reduces stress underwater, which relaxes you, and of course lowers gas consumption! The PADI Underwater Navigator Diver Specialty covers all of this, and much more.

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